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Ants on Apache Plume Flower

Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa)

The Apache Plume is a common plant found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The plants name comes from the pink colored plumes of its seed heads that develop and cover the tips of the branches. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and ants. The plant's seed is a food source for birds.

The photo of this Apache Plume flower was taken at Sunset Crater National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona. A tripod mounted camera with a zoom lens at 85mm was used. Exposure was 1/200 sec. at f/4.5, ISO 100.